Most of my blog posts are based on what you can do to help improve your mental health.
For instance, my eBook Free Your Mind, teaches you how to create a positive mindset by using mindset exercises.
But have you ever thought about what you can stop doing?
All of us in this world have some bad habits.
We pick them up throughout our life and sometimes they get worse over time.
There are quite a few bad habits that made my depression and anxiety worse.
I think they went hand in hand.
The worse I felt the worse my habits became.
I'm sure you are already thinking of a few bad habits that you have?
Anyway, at the start of my recovery I did a lot of things, like mindset work, but I also stopped a lot of things too!
Here I will list the 9 things I stopped doing that helped my depression and anxiety.
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There was a lot of things I was doing when I was depressed and anxious that I didn't realize were affecting my mental health.
I had so many bad habits! Too many to list.
But, there were 9 habits that really had to stop.
Stopping these 9 bad habits really helped my depression and anxiety and I hope by sharing, they can help you too.
So. let's dive in....
I drank way too much when I was depressed and I used alcohol as my escape, but more often than not it made me worse.
I would cry and become more depressed and the hangovers were the worst!
Plus, when I was intoxicated I would act in embarrassing ways, which wasn't me.
Giving up alcohol while I was recovering was one of the best decisions I made.
The internet is great! But it can also be damaging to mental health.
I found that it was causing me to become more depressed as I looked at other peoples 'perfect' lives.
So, I decided to stop using social media as much and limited my time while using it.
I also repeated to myself that people only show the good stuff online and social media isn't always reality.
Sleep is so important for overall health and well-being.
I used to stay up until the early hours of the morning, watching t.v or on my phone.
Not only was the blue light from screens affecting me but also the lack of sleep made me more anxious and depressed.
I decided to set a bedtime of 10.30 pm and it made a massive difference to how I felt in the morning.
I still go to bed by 10.30 pm and it is key in feeling good the next day.
I think this is a no brainer, but junk food is not good for your health.
There are studies that show a link between junk food consumption and mental illness.
Plus I was using junk food as a way to drown out my feelings.
I was emotional binge eating and it had to stop!
So, I stopped the takeaways, milk chocolate and anything with sugar in. It was actually much easier giving up junk food as I had stopped drinking alcohol.
You may be thinking why coffee?
Well, coffee contains a lot of caffeine which acts as a stimulant.
I was using coffee to keep me awake and I was drinking too much!
Too much coffee is not good for health and can actually increase anxiety.
So, I gave up coffee and swapped it with Matcha latte which not only tastes good but has awesome health benefits too!
I used to compare myself to everyone!
And all it did was make me feel bad about myself.
We are all different, on different paths and should never compare ourselves to anyone.
If you want to change something to be healthier and more successful do it.
But don't change to be like someone else!
I stopped comparing myself and started living my life how I wanted to live it and I felt so much better for it!
Oh jeez! I complained a lot!! Like every day...
Even every hour of every day!
I was annoying myself it was so bad.
Well, complaining never made me feel any better. It always made me feel worse.
When I stopped complaining I started to feel so much better! Yes it was hard to give up such a bad habit, but I tried really hard and it got easier and easier.
Kinda like comparing myself, beating myself up was not making me feel good!
I was beating myself up for feeling unwell and not feeling like i wanted to do anything.
When I stopped beating myself up, I started to give myself self-love and care and honored where I was at in my life.
I knew that giving myself love and care would help me recover and that is what I did.
Yes it was hard to stop worrying.
At first I would pay attention to my thoughts of worry and then I would question myself if my thoughts were true.
Why am I worrying? Is it true? etc...
Then in time I used mindfulness to stop myself from worrying about the past or future and became present in the moment. I explain everything I did to stop worrying in my eBook Free Your Mind.
By stopping worrying I was able to enjoy life more, say yes to more experiences and be happy again!
I know that it will be hard to give up your bad habits, but it is a must to start your recovery.
Think about it...
You can't keep doing the same things and expect to change.
So, take it step by step and stop one bad habit at a time.
It will get easier and in time you will be able to swap all your bad habits.
To learn how to change bad habits, read this post here: How to change bad habits for mental health.
And this one to improve your mental health: The best habits for depression and anxiety.
Here is also a list of 77 Habits for a Better Life.
And if you want to know how to make habits stick, read this post: How to Create Healthy Habits That Stick.
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